It was an emotional scene at Buckingham Palace after Queen Elizabeth II passed away at age 96.

As a crowd gathered to pay their respects to Her Majesty, they witnessed a double rainbow over the palace following a heavy downpour. The Queen was Britain’s longest-serving monarch—and the second-longest serving monarch in world history. She passed away at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. The rainbow could be seen over significant landmarks across the capital, including Elizabeth Tower in Westminster and the Queen Victoria Memorial.

Before the news of Her Majesty’s death, Buckingham Palace announced Thursday morning, “Following further evaluation this morning, The Queen’s doctors are concerned for Her Majesty’s health and have recommended she remain under medical supervision.”

The queen’s family, including her four children, Prince Charles of Wales, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, grandchildren Prince William and Prince Harry, and several other members of the royal family, all traveled to Balmoral Castle in Scotland amid the news of her declining health.

Some hoped the phenom was a sign of good news, while others saw it as symbolism that Her Majesty had crossed the “rainbow bridge.” Later that day, an announcement from Buckingham Palace revealed the queen had died, surrounded by family.

“The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon,” the statement reads. “The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.” Her Majesty is survived by her children, along with eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, including Prince William and Kate Middleton’s kids, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, and Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle’s children, Archie and Lilibet. Lilibet was named in her honor.

Days before her death, Elizabeth made history again, accepting the resignation of former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and appointing new Prime Minister Liz Truss. She requested that these official events occur at Balmoral Castle rather than Buckingham Palace for the first time in her reign. Truss is the third female British prime minister and the 15th prime minister appointed during Her Majesty’s reign.

The Queen celebrated a Platinum Jubilee in June to mark 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom, Realms, and the Commonwealth. Prince Charles, 73, automatically becomes the king, though his coronation might not happen for months. Following the death of his mother, Prince Charles said, “The death of my beloved Mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family. I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.”

Queen Elizabeth II will undoubtedly go down in history as one of the most important and iconic monarchs. She held Britain’s transition from a time of uncertainty and helped modernize the monarchy. She’s been the face of a nation for over 70 years. The hidden blessing in this tragedy is she got to spend her final moments surrounded by family and loved ones.

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